- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A company has withdrawn a rezoning request of private property for an outlet mall, but it said that it remains committed to bringing such a development to the Tulsa area.

Michael Covey, chairman of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission, said Simon Property Group’s attorney asked the commission on Monday to remove the zoning change from consideration.

Covey told the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1Gzg9Os ) that a reason wasn’t given for the withdrawal.

The developer’s director of public relations, Les Morris, said in a statement that the company is studying other options.

The Tulsa Premium Outlets project was estimated to add $4 million to $5 million each year in sales tax revenue to the city of Tulsa’s budget, as well as 800 estimated jobs. The proposed site was on private property near Turkey Mountain.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett said city officials plan to continue talks with developers about available sites in Tulsa.

“The city of Tulsa knows how important it is to be home to an outlet mall, and we are still working to make that a reality,” Bartlett said.

Director Clay Bird of the Mayor’s Office for Economic Development adds that an outlet mall in Tulsa is still a possibility.

“It’s the nail in the coffin for that particular site,” Bird said. “As far as I know, they haven’t decided anything for certain or officially. That’s as far as I know.”

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Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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